I had been riding my 62cm Surly Crosscheck with 200mm cranks for a couple years for road group riding, commuting, and gravel roads and trails. For any given ride I was having to make a lot of adjustments to the bike, so I was starting to think about a dedicated road bike. I then found out about the XXL 65cm KHS Flite 747 with integrated 200mm cranks and frame designed by Lennard Zinn. The bike’s steel frame is well suited to the 200mm cranks due to the high bottom bracket height (297mm) and steeper seat tube angle (73.5). With a stack height of about 633mm and an effective top tube length of 620mm (the steeper seat tube angle also lengthens the cockpit), it is aptly named the 747. Compared to the alternative of going the custom route, this bike was a bargain.
Despite its larger dimensions than my Crosscheck, its sloped top tube allows a smaller triangle that, along with the larger tubing diameter and integrated rather than square taper cranks, give it a significantly stiffer ride (despite being lighter than the Cross Check). The mostly 105 componentry is well suited to the bike and puts it at a price point that makes good sense for a steel frame.
The only other stock bike I know of that is based around 200mm cranks is the Big Apple, also designed by Lennard Zinn. The Big Apple comes in even larger sizes, though it is significantly more expensive and has more upright geometry than the 747. If you are 6’7″ plus or minus some inches and looking for an entry/mid range road bike, I highly recommend the 747. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to ride it much because of a hip injury that has sidelined me for now, but that’s for another post…
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